What happened this day in history April 15

What are the important events that happened on April 15? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 15: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 15 is the 105th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 260 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 2, 2021 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,618,444,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectapentagon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 292 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,037 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 15 Historical Events

  • 1715
    Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
  • 1738
    Premiere in London, England, Great Britain of Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel.
  • 1802
    William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy see a “long belt” of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.
  • 1817
    Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 1892
    The General Electric Company is formed.
  • 1896
    Closing ceremony of the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece.
  • 1900
    Philippine–American War: Filipino guerrillas launch a surprise attack on U.S. infantry and begin a four-day siege of Catubig, Philippines.
  • 1920
    Two security guards are murdered during a robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti would be convicted of and executed for the crime, amid much controversy.
  • 1923
    Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.
  • 1960
    At Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ella Baker leads a conference that results in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

Who were born on April 15?

  • 1489
    Mimar Sinan, Ottoman architect (d. 1588)
  • 1642
    Suleiman II, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1691)
  • 1902
    Fernando Pessa, Portuguese journalist (d. 2002)
  • 1907
    Nikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch ethologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1988)
  • 1921
    Angelo DiGeorge, Italian-American pediatric endocrinologist (d. 2009)
  • 1954
    Seka, American pornographic actress
  • 1955
    Dodi Al-Fayed, Egyptian businessman (d. 1997)
  • 1958
    Benjamin Zephaniah, British writer
  • 1962
    Nawal El Moutawakel, Morrocan hurdler
  • 1978
    Tim Corcoran, American baseball player

Who died on April 15?

  • 1220
    Adolf of Altena, Archbishop of Cologne (b. 1157)
  • 1632
    George Calvert, Proprietor of the Avalon (Maryland) Colony (b. 1580)
  • 1704
    Johann van Waveren Hudde, Dutch mathematician (b. 1628)
  • 1764
    Peder Horrebow, Danish astronomer (b. 1679)
  • 1938
    César Vallejo, Peruvian poet (b. 1892)
  • 1980
    Raymond Bailey, American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1988
    Kenneth Williams, English actor and comedian (b. 1926)
  • 1989
    Hu Yaobang, Chinese politician (b. 1915)
  • 1992
    Otis Barton, American deep-sea diver (b. 1899)
  • 1999
    Harvey Postlethwaite, British engineer and racing car designer (b. 1944)

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